"Life Passes By" - Great blue heron next to a beautiful rapid, Great Falls National Park, Virginia

I've been visiting Great Falls National Park, Virginia, to capture the great blue herons fishing and hunting for years. What amazes me each and every time is that new situations arise with each visit. Just when I think I've crafted every composition available, I'm proven wrong. Over, and over, and over again. This image was the result of such a circumstance. While focusing my attention on distant herons near large waterfalls, this heron flew in behind me and landed on a solitary rock next to a beautiful rapid. I slowly turned my camera, zoomed back out, and captured about 30 images of the scene. Of those 30, only this exact frame had that curvy flow structure to the rapids. There are two lessons to be learned here. Never stop revisiting a location, and take many images when water plays a substantial role in your final composition.

"Life Passes By" - A great blue heron fishing from a solitary boulder in the Potomac River. Great Falls National Park, Virginia.

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 87mm. .4 seconds, f/18, ISO 100. Tripod.